Direct Hits Essential Vocabulary targets middle school and early high school learners. The book focuses on words students need to know as part of the Common Core curriculum as well as words frequently found on standardized tests like the SSAT and PSAT. The following features are included in the book:
Selective vocabulary found in the Common Core academic language curriculum for grades 6-9
High frequency vocabulary found on the recent SSATs and PSATs
More than 250 words used in context. No more memorizing definitions of long lists of seemingly unrelated words
Relevant and vivid examples from literature, history, current events, and pop culture make the words memorable for students
A prefix, root, or suffix reference card and pro-tip box is found in every chapter
Each chapter ends with a review exercise, and sample chapters include Essential 25 Greatest Hits, Literary Language, All About Adjectives, Celebrity Sightings, and Words That Count.
Formatted as a 6 x 9 paperback book, kids are comfortable carrying the Direct Hits Essential Vocabulary book with them to study another word or two when time permits. Teachers will love this book because Direct Hits Essential Vocabulary is engaging and entertaining for students. Tutors will want Direct Hits Essential Vocabulary as the foundation of their vocabulary prep because the lively examples will lead to engaging discussion about contextual vocabulary. Direct Hits Essential Vocabulary consulted teachers, tutors, learning specialists, parents, and students to ensure that these words and illustrations are on target to prepare kids for vocabulary success in and out of the classroom. You will find that Direct Hits Essential Vocabulary provides vocabulary content that is effective, worthwhile, and even fun!
About the Authors
Direct Hits Education is a successful Atlanta-based education company focused on helping students expand their vocabulary to help them both in classes and to prepare for the SSAT, PSAT, SAT, and ACT. Since 2008, Direct Hits has published multiple editions of the Core Vocabulary and Toughest Vocabulary books, to the acclaim of many students, teachers, parents, and tutors.
Paget Hines is a Learning Specialist and the Director of Direct Hits Education. Paget has worked with students with a diverse range of learning profiles. She completed her Orton-Gillingham training at The Schenck School in Atlanta. In 2001, Paget relocated to San Francisco where she taught in the classroom and worked with children individually in her private practice. While in San Francisco, Paget created a SSAT verbal, reading comprehension, and essay curriculum for students with learning differences and test-taking anxiety. Her summer course in San Francisco was chosen to be the pilot site for the forthcoming SSAT online test. She has extensive experience prepping and proctoring the SSAT, PSAT, SAT, and ACT for a wide-range of students. Paget holds a BA in English from Colgate University. She and her family returned to Atlanta in August 2014.